Straight out of Melbourne Australia comes this debut release from a brand new label called Easy Now, focussing on a blend of Hip Hop and roots reggae. The label might be new, but the people running the show have been around for a while and have certainly brought their A game with this limited 45 release pressed to red coloured vinyl.
Originally from Southsea in the United Kingdom, DJ Maars made a move to Australia a couple of years ago, and has been steadily keeping busy and turning out some quality output. The collab with Melbourne native Tom Showtime has been in the making for some time and creates a good fit. Afterall, both producers have been making a names for themselves at home and abroad with reputations of releasing good quality party jams.
The A side takes on a classic Mos Def joint, but puts on an entirely different spin on it. If you know the original version then you know it's a stripped back beaty affair, but this new remix turns it up a notch and gives it a strong reggae melody (which was lacking in the original version), making it work nicely on the dancefloor or in the headphones. No beating around the bush here: I'm not a fan of the original Mos Def version, but this new remix is dope!
The B Side has been floating around the internet digitally for a minute, but it's super nice to have it finally on the 45 format. No awards for guessing which acapella DJ Maars has used on this. The original version which most people know and love is totally played out in my opinion - So to hear it rebuilt from the ground up with a dope skankin' rhythm on this new remix definately gives the anthem a new lease on its tired life, making this 45 an essential party rocker.
The release, available through Bandcamp also comes with the digital versions, plus the promise of the full album once it's completed.